AFCAT 2018 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
Indian Air Force will release the notification and exam pattern for AFCAT 2018 on its official website www.careerairforce.nic.in. AFCAT 2018 will be a conventional pen and paper based test i.e. the mode of the test is offline. The question paper will be available in English language only.
AFCAT is conducted twice a year. The registration process will begin from the first week of December 2017. Applicants who wish to be recruited in Ground Duty (Technical) post will have to appear for EKT exam which will be based on the respective engineering discipline as chosen by the individual. The exam will be conducted in January and August 2018. Aspirants who qualify the exam will be called for the further rounds of selection. AFCAT 2018 (Air Force Common Admission Test) is a national level exam conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF). It is a portal for recruiting meritorious applicants to various post offered by the IAF.
Exam Pattern of AFCAT 2018 will give all applicants an idea about what can be expected from the exam. The details about various aspects related to the management entrance test like the mode of the exam, time duration of the exam, type of questions that will be asked in the exam, marking scheme, total number of questions, etc. are stated in the table that follows:
|AFCAT 2018 Mode||Offline (pen and paper based test)|
|Question Paper type||Objective (MCQs)|
|Number of Sections||4 (General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical ability and Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test )|
|Total no. of questions||100|
|Marks awarded for correct answer||+3|
|Exam duration||2 hours (120 minutes)|
|Medium of language||English|
AFCAT 2018 is a pen and paper based offline test. The medium of language of the exam will be English only. It will consist of 100 objective questions to be solved within a duration of 120 minutes. The maximum marks an aspirant can score in AFCAT 2018 are 300. Students must select the most appropriate answer out of the 4 given alternative options. They should note that negative marking scheme will be applicable for this test.
The question paper will be segregated into 4 sections- General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test. Participants can choose to solve the question paper in any order they want. There will be no restriction regarding solving a particular section within a stipulated time limit as aspirants have to mark their answers on an OMR sheet.
AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern for General Awareness
The section is designed to test the general knowledge of the applicant. It will have questions to test aspirant’s awareness of ongoing, current events in various fields around the world. Generally, about 20 questions are asked in this section.
AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern for Verbal Ability in English
As the name of the section suggests, this segment will assess the student’s knowledge, proficiency and comprehension in English language. The total number of questions asked from this section will be approximately 30.
AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern for Quantitative Ability
This section will test the basic mathematical ability of participants. Around 15 questions will be asked from this section. It is considered to be a relatively scoring section though the level of difficulty for this section is moderate to high.
AFCAT 2018 Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
This section is the most important segment as maximum questions are asked in this section. Candidate’s mental and military aptitude is tested. The difficulty level is moderate and approximately 35 questions are asked from this section.
The following table represents the approximate number of questions asked from each section:
|General Awareness||20||60||2 hours|
|Verbal Ability in English||30||90|
|Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test||35||105|
Students must ensure that they know the marking scheme in order to decide how to attempt the questions in the entrance test. There has been no change in the marking scheme of AFCAT 2018 and it is the same as it was for the year 2017. Individuals must note that negative marking will be applicable for the test. The marking scheme is given as follows:
The syllabus for AFCAT 2018 will be based on 10+2 or higher secondary school level knowledge. It will be as decided by IAF for every section. Candidates must make sure that they follow the right syllabus to prepare well for the exam. The section wise syllabus is given as follows:
The aim of this section is to determine the general thought process of the participants. It will assess aspirant’s awareness in current events. The main topics along for this section are given below:
This section has questions that will test the grasp an applicant has on the English language. The aspirant’s vocabulary, grammar and verbal ability will be evaluated in this section. The important topics for this section are:
In this segment, the aspirant’s ability to solve numerical problems with speed and accuracy is evaluated. It will include questions to assess how participants can work with numbers, do quick calculations and understand various arithmetic questions. They ought to have a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts to fare well in this section. The important topics for this section are as follows:
In this segment, students should expect questions based on diagrams, figures, charts, tables as also analogies and reasoning. The important topics are listed below:
AFCAT 2018 Reference Books are given below to help students score well:
|Name of Book||Author/ Publisher|
|AFCAT Exam Guide 1st edition for Flying and Technical Branch||Ramesh Publishing House|
|AFCAT Solved Paper 2017||Arihant Publication|
|General Knowledge 2017||Arihant Publication|
|Quantitative aptitude for Competitive Examinations||R S Aggarwal|
|A modern approach to Verbal Reasoning||R S Aggarwal|
It is the responsibility of all the applicants to ensure that they follow some rules and regulations formulated by the organizing body to maintain the decorum of AFCAT 2018 exam hall so that the examination proceeds properly.